Fed Up: Women Food Service Workers in the 1930s and 40s

February 12, 2021 - June 13, 2021

Dining out has always been an important facet of life for many New Yorkers. “Fed Up: Women Food Service Workers in the 1930s and 40s” explores the tenacious efforts of waitresses to secure better working conditions in New York City and across the country. Through their union activism, waitresses challenged the notion that their jobs were merely an extension of the unpaid work women performed in the home. Featuring cafeteria and automat menus, dining ware, union broadsides, and more, “Fed Up” invites visitors to learn about the political history of these hardworking “essential workers.”

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.



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Creative: Tronvig Group